What does Oklahoma State do now that Nick Starkel has de-committed?

What options are available for Oklahoma State now that NIck Starkel has announced he will be reopening his recruitment?

A quarterback commitment to serve as an anchor in your class is the goal of every Division I coaching staff in the spring and summer months of recruiting each year. Oklahoma State had its early in the person of Liberty Christian quarterback Nick Starkel, who Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich had picked out well before other schools and before Starkel excelled in the Elite 11 competition.

Now, with a dead period in recruiting, which means no face-to-face contact and no off-campus recruiting, starting and running until Jan. 13, the Cowboys have some creative work to do in recruiting a quarterback for their 2016 class. They have Berryhill, Okla., quarterback Nyc Burns committed to being a preferred walk-on but his credentials are not scholarship level. He has started just one year of varsity high school and has some maturing to do.

So the question begs, what do the Cowboys do? My answer is get aggressive and go back to their early quarterback recruiting list and put out the feelers and find out who might be interested.

There are several quarterbacks that visited Oklahoma State before committing and there are several top-flight quarterbacks that are committed and might want to reconsider for various reasons. 

I have listed below the list I would work off of and an explanation of why I included each quarterback on the list. 

Shane Buechele, 6-2, 185, Arlington (Lamar), Texas – Committed to Texas
The son of former Major League third baseman Steve Buechele, Shane Buechele committed to Texas early and had a great summer being named an Elite 11 quarterback. But the offense at Texas is a definite work in progress with the firings and hires in Austin. Buechele, who this season threw for 2,498 yards and 29 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions on 176-of-271 attempts, is a real talent and may want a more stable offensive system. He would fit what the Cowboys do as he also rushed for 817 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season. Oklahoma State has his teammate cornerback Madre Harper committed and set to enroll early in January.

Dillon Sterling-Cole, 6-3, 180, Spring (Westfield), Texas – Committed to Arizona State
Offered by the likes of Texas A&M, UCLA, Florida, and Washington in addition to Oklahoma State, Dillon Sterling-Cole is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in this class as evidenced by his career 76 touchdown passes and just 17 interceptions and he rushed for 23 touchdowns in his career at Westfield. This past season his touchdown-to-interception ratio was an impressive 26 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. He is heading to the Semper Fi All-American Game and is committed to Arizona State, but the Sun Devils are having some changes in their offensive leadership. 

Cole Kelley, 6-7, 235, Lafayette (Terlings Catholic), La. – Committed to Arkansas 
A big throwing quarterback, Cole Kelley had visited Oklahoma State on a couple of occasions and showed a lot of interest. Never hurts to put out  feeler and see if that interest is still there. 

Chandler Garrett, 6-4, 210, Mustang, Okla. – Uncommitted
He is a talented quarterback with offers but some might not think he is Big 12 caliber. Chandler Garrett certainly produced numbers with 178-of-275 passing for 2,489 yards with 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He is also a talented runner. He might qualify as that diamond in the rough or that player that others did not take well enough note of. 

Brock Monty, 6-3, 200, Wichita (Kapaun Mt. Carmel), Kansas – Uncommitted
Another top regional quarterback that has a lot of interest, Brock Monty has great speed with the listed forty time of 4.55. I have had more than a few calls from folks in the Wichita area touting how good he will be for somebody at the college level. 

Kasey Ford, 6-1, 210, Conroe (Oak Ridge), Texas – Uncommitted
He pops up on the Scout database and shows interest in Oklahoma State. I've seen some good quarterbacks come out of Conroe in the past. 

Terry Wilson, 6-2, 180, Del City, Okla. – Committed to Oregon after de-committing from Nebraska
This guy I have seen play and I know his high school coach, and he has been talking Terry Wilson up since he came up to the high school. He is pledged to Oregon but that is a long way from home. He passed for five touchdowns in the final regular season game against Chickasha under pressure to clinch a playoff spot. I don't have his 2015 stats but as a junior he passed for 2,850 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 4 touchdowns. He is a very talented player.


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